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© Commonwealth of Australia 2017

ISBN 978-1-925362-27-5 (Hardcopy)

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Suggested citation

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 Report, AHMAC, Canberra.

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Enquiries should be directed to:

Health Systems Analysis Section

Information and Evaluation Branch

Policy, Analysis and Evaluation Division

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. 02 6271 5111


PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2601

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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 Report, was prepared by the following staff in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—Shane Johnson, Matthew James, Kirrily Harrison, Ruth Nicholls, Scott Copley, Kylie Sjoberg, Katrina Anderson, Renée Wolford, Alice Church, Kailash Rajah, Timothy Saunders, Bobby Maher, Minette Salmon, Frances Algert, Mary Jackson and Fabiola Guzman. We would like to thank staff at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) for their work on preparing the statistics for this report, with particular thanks to Fadwa Al-Yaman, Kim Dobbie, Tracy Dixon, Anh Pham Waddell, Therese Bourke, Bin Tong, Chun Oberst, Bronwyn Wyatt, Qinghe Yin, Ruth Penm, Ronda Ramsay, Jan Watson, Jakub Kielbasa, Ilona Brockway, Lisa Irvine, Jessica Cargill, Bernie Kok and Tetteh Dugbaza.

The Department worked closely with the HPF 2017 Report Steering Committee, with membership as follows:

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present. We would like to thank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for their assistance in the collection of data, without which this report would not have been possible.

We would also like to thank all of the individuals, communities and organisations that provided valuable input to the report:

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Artwork story

The Creation spirit shaped and formed this country, the rivers, and the mountains from the desert to the coast, imparting the Law to each and every one. Navigating by land and sea, we are the Custodians of this place – it nurtures us, sustains us, provides for us and heals us. We are connected, we are one.

Our ancestors protect and guide us, teaching us the ways of the past, strengthening our knowledge of Culture and directing our pathways, working together towards a brighter future.

The artwork used for the report has been derived from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan artwork created by Gilimbaa.

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